Rare chance to see artwork

The murals found in the Piccotts End cottages

The murals found in the Piccotts End cottages

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Following its recent appearance on television, a unique 500 year old religious wall painting will be on show to the public once more.

The seven superbly preserved panels which include an image of Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist, are at Piccotts End cottages near Hemel Hempstead.

The cottages are privately owned and not open to the public on a regular basis.But after a segment about the paintings on the BBC2 television programme The Face of Britain with Simon Schama, the owners decided to open the cottages for the final time this year, after opening them earlier in September during the nationwide Heritage Open Days event.

The cottages were last in use as a private residence in the 1950s and the paintings were discovered in 1953 by Arthur Lindley when he scratched some wallpaper off while moving a wardrobe. Arthur spent decades investigating the paintings.

The open days will take place from 10am - 3pm on Saturday October 24 and Sunday 25, but tickets are limited so early booking is recommended. Arthur’s son, Alistair Lindley, will be giving talks of approximately one hour.

To book your slot go to either www.piccottsendpaintings.uk or www.piccotssendtickets.eventbrite.co.uk

A small donation would be appreciated on entrance to support the preservation and upkeep of the painting and building.